Ram Unplugs EcoDiesel Engine For Half-Ton Pickup

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“Our Ram EcoDiesel V6 engine thrilled consumers with the highest half-ton diesel torque and towing capability while being the first to exceed 1,000 miles of range,” said Mike Koval Jr., CEO of the Ram brand at Stellantis in a prepared statement. “As we rapidly pivot into an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this final EcoDiesel milestone by giving our loyal light-duty diesel enthusiasts one last chance to order the truck they love.”

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Ram introduced the EcoDiesel in its light-duty pickup in 2014. Back then, it was good for 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. After a redesign about six years later, output increased to 260 ponies and 480 lb-ft of twist. Those latest numbers topped Ford’s Power Stroke by half a ton, though they fell short of the recently revamped 3.0L Duramax for GM light trucks and their SUV brethren. This mill is now good for 305 horsepower and nearly 500 torque.

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Whether Ram’s engineers have decided to ditch that particular hunt or just want to focus their efforts on electrification is up for debate. After all, there’s a finite amount of money for research and development, even at a huge company like Stellantis, so perhaps officials have decided to channel their strengths into electron-driven powertrains. Ram previously announced plans to offer a 1,500 battery electric vehicle (BEV) pickup truck in 2024, a full portfolio of electrified solutions in the majority of its segments by 2025 and in all segments by 2030.

The second-generation (post-2020) EcoDiesel was a significantly better effort than Ram’s initial kick on the lightweight oil can. Not only did it produce more power, but it also boasted competitive towing capability, a trait often cited by diesel buyers for considering this powertrain in the first place. While the claimed maximum range of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) seems hardly believable, it was theoretically possible in a 4×2 variant when fitted with the 125-litre fuel tank. Bladder breaking, indeed.

Production of the 2023 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will end in January 2023. For now, Ram is making the EcoDiesel available in 4×4 crew-cab models on several trim levels, with order books open now.

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